Dr. Jagdish Chugh was arrested on Tuesday, July 30 and has been charged with three counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual contact and two counts of third-degree endangering the welfare of a child. Chugh has been accused of sexually abusing at least two young patients during visits to his office in Hackettstown.
The 65-year-old pediatrician is accused of touching the private parts of one victim without consent during two different medical examinations. A second victim has also accused Chugh of touching the intimate parts of the victim’s body during an examination.
All of these examinations happened at Chugh’s office – Pediatric & Adolescent Medical at 160 Mountain Ave.
Chugh was released on pre-trial monitoring and ordered not to have contact with the victims and no contact with any other patients under 21 unless a nurse, parent, or guardian is present. He also must follow any recommendations made by the state medical board.
In addition to being the owner and only physician at Pediatric & Adolescent Medical Center, Chugh is also affiliated with Hackettstown Medical Center and Morristown Medical Center.
Attorney contributor Brian Kent is a former sex crimes prosecutor who has experience representing victims of doctor sexual abuse in civil lawsuits. Here are a few thoughts from Brian regarding the legal options available to victims in these types of cases:
We all trust our doctor to provide us and our families with quality medical care and to treat us with respect. Physicians and other medical professionals are some of the most respected members of our communties and most of these professionals are worthy of this trust.
But sadly, this field also has a high potential for abuse. Incidents of doctors sexually abusing their patients have been reported in all 50 states. When a predatory doctor victimizes patients, it’s important for those victims to be aware of their legal rights.
In many cases, victims of sexual abuse by medical professionals may have grounds for a lawsuit against their abuser and the facility where the abuse occurred. For example, a doctor’s office or hospital might be held liable for sexual abuse by one of their doctors if the facility had ignored other complaints of sexual misconduct against the doctor.
If you or a loved one has been sexually abused by a doctor or another healthcare professional, you can learn more about your family’s legal options by calling one of our experienced sex abuse victims lawyers.